Eight out of ten Greeks pessimistic about economic future: survey

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-9-8 11:33:50

Eight out of ten Greek citizens were pessimistic about their economic future, according to an opinion survey published on Friday, as the Greek government discussed a new round of austerity to address the country's debt crisis.

Approximately 76 percent of respondents in the poll conducted by pollster VPRC for local newspaper "I Ellada Ayrio" (Greece Tomorrow) said that they believe the situation will worsen in coming months, compared to 10 percent who were satisfied with the management of the crisis by the new government coalition and optimistic about the future.

Support for the conservative New Democracy (ND) party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners, the socialist PASOK party and the Democratic Left, has declined.

Opposition parties, such as the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and the neo-fascist Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) see their popularity increasing.

According to the VPRC survey, two months after the general elections, SYRIZA leads with 30 percent of votes, ND follows with 28 percent and Golden Dawn ranks third with 12 percent of votes.

PASOK dropped to the fourth place garnering 7.5 percent, followed by the nationalistic Independent Greeks (7 percent), the Greek Communist party KKE (6 percent) and the Democratic Left (4 percent).

In the June 17 elections, which placed bro-bailout forces against anti-bailout parties, ND won with almost 30 percent, SYRIZA ranked second with about 27 percent and PASOK received some 12 percent of votes.

Independent Greeks got 7.5 percent, Golden Dawn 7 percent, Democratic Left 6 percent and KKE 4.5 percent.

Under pressure from European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders, who keep Greek afloat with multi-billion-euro rescue loans since 2010, Samaras' government is expected to announce next week a new austerity package worth 11.5 billion euro ($14.6 billion) to secure further funding this autumn.

Without it, Greece could default and possibly exit the euro zone, sending shockwaves across the international financial system.

According to local analysts, the Greek parliament will ratify the package in the coming weeks. However, the move is expected to face a wave of protests by labor unions of civil servants in particular.

Policemen, judges and doctors this week started a series of small rallies in the streets of Athens against planned cuts on salaries, wages and tax hikes.

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